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Henrik Larsen examines the overseas coverage of a small european member kingdom within the context of ecu international policy--the case of Denmark. The ebook appears to be like at seven coverage components: coverage in the direction of different ecu member states, anti-terrorism, improvement, the Balkans, Africa, Latin the US and alternate.

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This is to some extent dealt with in the three case studies. However, the three cases and the interviews with practitioners are not well integrated. The general conclusions about the reciprocal relationship between national and European foreign policy seem to be based more on the interviews with practitioners than on the three case studies. The general statement about how ‘the relationship between national foreign policy and European foreign policy has been, and continues to be, a reciprocal one’ seems to be a stronger statement than the somewhat weaker conclusions about the three policy areas examined, according to which ‘these states have at one time or another, been constrained in the actions they took or the policies they adopted’ (Tonra, 2001: 279, 285).

The same pattern is found with respect to the socialisation of decision-makers which is seen as strongest among the smaller states and weakest among France, Germany 34 Analysing the Foreign Policy of Small States in the EU and the UK. As far as domestic factors in the policy process are concerned (the second main category), it is argued that a clear distinction between European and domestic policy is no longer possible – a condition that is not only a result of EU membership. With respect to the third analytical category (foreign policy action with or without the EU), three patterns emerge amongst the EU member states: 1.

However, recent application of the theory to explain national foreign policy within the EU – including Danish foreign policy – makes the model interesting to evaluate in this context (N. , 1996; Due-Nielsen and Petersen, 1995). And, not least, the adaptation theory has been the principal theoretical model used in studies of Danish foreign policy (Jørgensen, 1995) which calls for a discussion of the theory in this context. 1. The adaptation theory and Danish European policy The adaptation theory aims to explain, in general terms, the likely overall postures of a country’s foreign policy.

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